Dehcho K’ehodi means ‘taking care of the land’ in Dehcho Dene Zhatié. The Dehcho K’ehodi Stewardship Program is a regional on-the-land program for stewardship activities in the region. It is being built in collaboration with all DFN member communities.
This program was initiated in 2014 through a series of three regional workshops. These workshops established the framework that guides the Dehcho K’ehodi program. Three principles were identified as the foundation under the framework: the stewardship program is to (1) to be guided by the Dene Laws & Values; (2) to support & strengthen the Dene language; and (3) to enable youth-elder mentorships, so future generations of Dene can learn their culture and how to be on the land.
Since December 2016 the Dehcho K’ehodi Program and the Dehcho-AAROM program have been working collaboratively to expand the stewardship program to include a Dehcho Guardian program. Each member community employs one-two Dehcho Guardians who work to monitor the land and water.